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Saturday, January 17
“Real Substance” - How the martini helped shape cocktail culture
Glean a bit of history with a look at the martini’s fuzzy origins and its influence in cocktail culture. $35, 11am-12:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
What Now? Career opportunities for professional bartenders beyond the bar
Find out where else and how your talents can take you on boozy, new career paths. $35, 11am-12:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Exploring Honey Cocktails
Charlotte Voisey, host of The Proper Pour, will discuss the virtues of honey varietals during this educational tasting. $35, 11am-12:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Tex vs Mex: Texas flavors vs Mexican spirits
Margs are over. This seminar will touch on the smoke and spice of Mexican spirits and pair them with Texas 'cue and authentic Mexican cuisine. $45, 11:30am-12:45pm, The Last Word, 229 E Houston, #10.
Mixology 101: Build your own signature cocktail
Jonathan Pogash, "The Cocktail Guru," will give you a quick history lesson, before letting you loose with some spirits to create your own poison. $50, 11:30am-12:45pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
From Berry to Beverage: The story of juniper
Gin takes the spotlight again with a seminar that features a comprehensive look at juniper-based 'tails. $35, 11:30am-12:45pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Porch Cocktails? F-sho!
Lüke San Antonio's executive chef John Russ will keep you nice and boozy on his "front porch" with recipes hailing from New Orleans. $45, 11:30am-12:45pm, 125 E Houston.
White Whiskey: The flavorful alternative to vodka
Ranger Creek’s white dog will be in the spotlight. Find out how the “premium moonshine” can change the way you make cocktails. $35, 1-2:15pm, St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E Travis.
Are You Experienced?
Brian McCullough, co-founder of Dallas’ The Standard Pour, will discuss how to pair tunes and cocktails in a balanced way. $35, 1-2:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Whiskey Bon Voyage
Who doesn’t love a good ride down the San Antonio River? Join for special spirits and whiskey-filled treats and tastings. $45, 1-2:15pm, San Antonio River Cruise, launch from IBC Plaza.
Meet real mezcaleros that are keeping the agave distillate alive in several Mexican states. $45, 1-2:15pm, Bohanan’s, 219 E Houston.
Shaking It Up With Champagne!
Speed Rack’s Lynnette Marrero and Raines Lawroom’s Meaghan Dorman will chat about quality bubble-filled cocktails. $45, $35, 1-2:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
The Speakeasy Experience in Your Own Home Bar
Craft aficionados can learn how to take their home bar to the next level with better tools, custom menus and quality booze. $45, 1:30-2:45pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
The Relativity of Flavor Pairing
Science, bitch! Learn how to pair food, drinks, beer, spirits and cocktails for a harmonious and convergent experience. $45, 1:30-2:45pm, The Last Word, 229 E Houston, #10.
The Tasting Room
Any cocktail conference ticket holder (or a $20 donation to Houston Street Charities) has access to this cornucopia of spirits with brand ambassadors and representatives in one giant room. Noon-5pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Old School Distilling Families/New School Spirits
Bring all the bourbon question for this seminar with look at the Henderson Family’s history in the industry. $45, 3-4:15pm, St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E Travis.
Into the Glass
The guys behind The 86 Co. will show you how to get specific flavors into your cocktails using spirits, techniques and occasions. $35, 3-4:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Rare Beam Suntory Bourbon Tasting & Educational Seminar
The conference means trying unique spirits and limited releases. Ambassador Adam Harris will walk you through the Beam Bourbon portfolio including their Harvest Collection. $60, 3-4:15pm, Beam Room at Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya.
San Antonio's Olaf Harmel will host a small exploration of brandy 'tails and elegant bites, all which incorporate the spirit using gastriques and reductions. $45, 3-4:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Chocolate and liquor are a match made in heaven and this seminar will pair cacao with bourbon, rum, Cognac and sherry. $35, 3-4:15pm, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Friendly Craft Beer Break
Palate fatigue is real. Give your tastebuddies a break with a visit to the Friendly Spot. Free to any ticketholder or $20 donation to Houston Street Charities, 4-6pm, 943 S Alamo.
Stroll on Houston Street
Play tourist for the night and bounce along Houston Street eating, drinking and dancing. $85, 6-10pm, along Houston Street.
After-Party With 86 Co. Spirits
The Charline McCombs Theatre will host bars across Texas, music by Deke Dickerson and Los Straightjackets and breakfast tacos via El Mirador. $75, 11pm, 224 E Houston.
Sunday, January 18
Hair of the Dog That Bit Ya' Sunday Brunch
Ease into that hangover with this buffet-style seated brunch and breakfast beverage bar. $40, 11am, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E Houston.
Craft & Draft Bartender Brunch in the Park
Break bread with the folks that helped put the whole thing together. Brunch includes street tacos by Austin’s Freedmen’s BBQ, hand-chipped ice balls and more. Free with purchase of any cocktail conference ticket, noon, Travis Park, corner of Travis and Navarro.
Original Cocktail Competition & Closing Party
Eight finalists will battle it out for bragging rights and $2,000 buckaroos. The night and conference end with more music and cocktails. $40, 4pm, Aztec Theater, 280 W Crockett.